May 11, 2014

Micho Courts Mutumba For Success

Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic says Turkish-based professional Martin Mutumba will be pivotal to Uganda edging Madagascar in important 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying tie.Martin Mutumba

Micho is happy some of the professional players have started arriving to strength the team.

“Mutumba is already here and looked brilliant in training yesterday (Saturday),” the Serb told Red Pepper.

“Yes he’s a talented player and I hope he adds much to the national team. It is unfortunate some of the players will miss this game because of injury and commitments with their respective clubs. But we shall use the players who are available,” Sredojevic adds.

The Rizespor FC attacking midfielder arrived on Friday night ahead of the other professional players. Uganda Cranes, who last qualified for AFCON in 1978, will face Madagascar on May 18th in the first leg of the preliminary round of the qualifiers. The winner over two legs will face either Mauritania or Equatorial Guinea in the final preliminary round tie ahead of the group stage.

Uganda howevere will miss the services of inspirational Norwegian-based midfielder Tony Mawejje, Moses Oloya (Vietnam) and Tanzanian-based defender Joseph Owino.Oloya reportedly suffered an injury in his previous club engagement in Vietnam, while Mawejje will be featuring for his club. DR Congo-based striker Junior Yunus Sentamu will also miss the encounter due to club duty.

Goalkeeper Robert Odongkara, who plies his trade in Ethiopia, and experienced custodian Denis Onyango are also doubtful due to injury and club duty respectively.

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